12 Jul Explore the outdoor wonders of Virginia Water this summer
Summer holidays have finally arrived and as the sun shines Virginia Water emerges as a great tranquil place to explore. Whether you’re visiting for a house viewing or simply seeking a peaceful getaway, Virginia Water offers a serene escape for all to enjoy the great outdoors whether you’ve got a couple of hours or a couple of days here.
If you’re thinking of moving, renting or buying, and want some home inspiration take some time to browse our properties available in Virginia Water and the surrounding areas. If you have any questions or want to speak to our expert team on the matter, you can also visit our award-winning website or call us on 01344 843000 or email us.
Here are 10 interesting places and facts to know about Virginia Water to get you outside and immerse yourself in the beauty and charm that this captivating destination, that we call home, has to offer.
Virginia Water Lake
At the heart of the village lies Virginia Water Lake, the place that Virginia Water takes its name from. The lake is a captivating body of water spanning approximately 200 acres, admission is free to all. Created artificially in the 18th century, it is known for its serene surroundings, walking trails, and diverse wildlife. It provides the perfect backdrop for leisurely walks and recreational activities. With plenty of parking areas with many spaces (parking charges apply), and a good pub garden or two nearby, it’s the perfect place to get out into the fresh air and discuss your next house move.
The Virginia Water Cascade
One of the most striking features of Virginia Water is the Water Cascade, an impressive 100-foot waterfall located at the eastern end of the lake. The Cascade offers a picturesque sight and provides a dramatic entrance to the expansive parkland beyond. Imagine saying yes to your dream home in Virginia Water standing here, it’s very romantic!
Ruins of Leptis Magna
Within the grounds of the lake also lies the intriguing Ruins of Leptis Magna. These fascinating ancient Roman ruins have an intriguing history. Originally brought over from Libya in the early 19th century they form a unique architectural feature that adds a touch of historical grandeur to the landscape. Once you’ve found them you could stop for a picnic and take in all the beauty that the lake has to offer.
The Totem Pole
A lesser-known attraction you’ll come across if you take a walk around the lake is the Totem Pole, a striking and intricately carved monument that you’ll find standing tall near the shores of the lake. The Totem Pole was donated to the UK by the people of Canada in 1958 and serves as a symbol of friendship between the two nations. This is a great one for the kids to see.
Dominating the eastern shore of the lake is the impressive Obelisk. A tall stone monument erected in the late 18th century. The Obelisk commemorates the completion of King George III’s restoration project for the lake, and its imposing presence adds to the area’s regal charm. Ensure to grab an ice cream or a coffee from vendors around the lake and go check this one out.
Surrounded by lush greenery, the lake offers a perfect setting for leisurely walks and a habitat for various bird species. The enchanting Valley Gardens (also free to visit) adjacent to the lake provide a peaceful retreat with their vibrant flower displays and charming garden paths. If you wish to feel connected to nature, this is certainly one place to go, especially on a fine sunny day.
Virginia Water has attracted the attention of filmmakers over the years, with not being too far from major film studios, it is the perfect place to film due to the beauty of the area. The village has served as a backdrop for several movies and television series over the years, including scenes from Bridget Jones’s Diary and also Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. These are two very well-known movies, further cementing Virginia Water’s status as a place of visual splendour and we couldn’t agree more, take some time to head out and see if you recognise any places.
Beyond its natural and architectural wonders, Virginia Water oozes with local charm. There are many reasons why we love the area. The village offers a range of charming shops, cosy and inviting pubs, and many delightful eateries to cater for various tastes, making Virginia Water a perfect place to unwind and indulge in the finer aspects of life. If you pop in to see us, ensure to then take a leisurely stroll through the village where you’ll discover a variety of unique shops offering handcrafted goods, antiques, and local treasures.
Windsor Great Park
Virginia Water Lake sits at the south end of Windsor Great Park, a historic royal park spanning over 5,000 acres, so you’ll never get bored meandering around the area. The park offers visitors an enchanting blend of woodland, gardens, and picturesque landscapes. If you’ve got a few hours to explore you can head up to Windsor Castle and do some royalty spotting, pop into the town to find some well-known brands, and even enjoy an ice cream and boat trip on the river.
The Savill Garden
Situated also within the Windsor Great Park, The Savill Garden is a horticultural gem that showcases a stunning collection of plants and flowers from around the world. The garden boasts beautifully designed landscapes and themed gardens, providing a delightful sensory experience. It might also lead to some home-inspo for your next outdoor space.
While the village can be a quiet and enchanting place to be, every year (September) we welcome in the buzz of golf enthusiasts, celebrities and sportsmen as Virginia Water proudly hosts one of the biggest golf tournaments in the world, the BMW PGA Championships. Virginia Water is home to the Wentworth Club and Estate, with three fine Harry Colt 18-hole golf courses. Within the Estate are many beautiful detached homes situated in large plots, so if the great outdoors or a bit of golf excites you, Virginia Water makes a great place to call home, contact us today and we’ll happily show you around.
THINKING OF MOVING TO VIRGINIA WATER?
Barton Wyatt calls Virginia Water home and has been proudly located in the same office since 1965. With a deep understanding of the area, we know it like the back of our hand. Our experienced team are here to show you around some of the best properties available in Virginia Water and the surrounding areas. We’re experts in our field and we are proud to present to you our portfolio of properties. If you have any questions a member of our expert team would be happy to advise. You can call us on 01344 843000 or email us.
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